If you like photography and enjoy going outside, you’ll eventually get a rainy day. There’s no way to avoid it.
But what happens when it starts raining? Should you go back home and try again the next day?
Not at all! Just check the weather forecast before you leave your house, and if there’s a chance of rain remember these tips that will allow you to take pictures under the rain.
Every photographer will tell you that you need to take special care of your camera if you’re going under the rain. And that’s true.
But if you’re going to stay under the rain and take photos, you’ll also need to protect yourself.
If I know there’s going to be rain, I always take boots, a raincoat and an umbrella.
Holding a small umbrella can be uncomfortable when you’re shooting with your camera, so it might be a good idea to buy a large one. Or if you can get someone else to hold it for you while you’re taking photos, even better!
Protect your camera
Let’s get to the point: how do you protect your camera?
If you’re on a tight budget, there’s a couple of things you should invest in: a towel and a Ziploc bag. You’ll need the Ziploc bag to take your camera and move around without worrying about it getting wet.
When it’s time to take your pictures, you can use the towel to wipe your hands, your tripod and the rest of your stuff, so you’ll be pretty dry to shoot under the umbrella.
If you have some money to spend and you’re serious about photography, I advise you buy a lens hood. It will protect your lens from the rain, and it’ll reduce damage if your camera falls.
You can also get a professional camera rain sleeve and some silica gel packets, that will absorb humidity and moisture.